Storytime Picks for Monday, November 28

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and PTLL is already roaring! We shook off our post-holiday snoozes and practiced our roars along with a tough little dinosaur who can take on any challenge… except, perhaps… bedtime?


Dinosaur VS. Bedtime
by Bob Shea

Do your kids love this book as much as we do? Want more adventures of this fiesty lil dinosaur? Check out these follow-up books:

Still want more Dinosaur? Check out this awesome video version of Dinosaur VS. Bedtime, animated and narrated by Bob Shea!


Storytime
is held every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.

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Art Group – Wednesday, November 16


Instead of any Thanksgiving-themed crafts, Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group returned to one of our favorite crafts: Finger painting!

For added fun and texture, we threw in some string. Kids could drag the string through the paint, then use it on the paper, or they could use the string on the paper once the paint had been applied. Any way you can think to use it, string is the thing!


There was also a significant feeling of collaboration at play on Wednesday morning, so we put our little artists to work on a shared canvas. Lots of space, lots of paint, lots of hands, lots of fun! The results speak for themselves:


Of course, the point of these projects would be lost without the process. Tactile learning is of major importance to the development of young children. Art Group is all about process and having fun with whatever craft we’re doing. And, when it comes to learning and creativity, there’s no shortage of fun to be had.


Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.

Note: Due to the holiday, there will not be Art Group on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Storytime Picks for Monday, November 14

The dreary, rainy November morning brought a lot of kids into the Toy Lending Library playspace on Monday. Before the weather takes a decided shift from Fall to Winter, we read one more Autumn-themed story to  close out the season, then decorated some diffusion-paper leaves leftover from Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group.

Next week, Thanksgiving stories to get us ready for Turkey Day!

This week’s book:

The Little Yellow Leaf
by Carin Berger

The weather is soon to take a turn for the colder, which means less outside time and more time spent inside. What’s a better way to entertain your children then a visit to storytime? You can start with our Monday morning storytime at PTLL, then try out different programs all week long around the city. Here’s just a few to fill your week:

Monday
Storytime @ 1o am – Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library

Tuesday

PreK Storytime – 10 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood

Toddler Storytime – 10:30 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill

Baby & Me Storytime – 11 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Mt. Washington

Wednesday

Storytime – 10:30 am or 1 pm – Phipps Conservatory

Baby & Me Storytime – 6:30 pm – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)

Thursday

KinderPrep – 10:15 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland)

Snugglebugs Storytime – 10:30 – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Lawrenceville

Baby and Toddler Storytime – 11:00 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Brookline

Friday

Terrific Tales for Toddlers and Preschoolers – 10:30 – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – East Liberty

Saturday

Family Storytime – 11:00 am – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Squirrel Hill

Art Group – Wednesday, November 9


We got PUFFY with our Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group on Wednesday. Working with shades of orange homemade puffy paint, the kids decorated and texturized pumpkins both big and little. The coloring in each puffy paint was a slightly different orange, giving the pumpkins a really Fall feeling.


Unlike a lot of store-bought puffy paint, homemade puffy paint is light and easy to work with. The kids had so much fun smearing big globs of paint on the pumpkins. Most of them used the paintbrushes, but don’t be afraid to let your little one fingerpaint with the stuff. The hues come from food coloring and are easily washed off.


Want to make your own homemade puffy paint? It’s easy!

Assemble:
– Shaving cream
– White glue
– Food coloring

Mix 1 cup shaving cream with 1 cup white glue. Add food coloring until the desired shade is reached. Then have fun!

The puffy paint easily dries on most surfaces, so experiment with different “canvases” in which to use it. Have your kids decorate cloth or cardboard pieces or try puffy paint printing with stamps!


Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.

Storytime Picks for Monday, November 7

We had an extra big crowd for Monday’s storytime, thanks to the Free Admission Day in celebration of  TLL’s 37th anniversary. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of this awesome deal. Here’s hoping that there’s a lot of new membership sign-ups in the near future.

Storytime started with stretches, then shouts, then a rousing rendition of the ABC song. Then we acted out our alphabet along with Sandra Boynton:


A to Z (board book)
by Sandra Boynton

We had so much fun with this title, we didn’t even have a chance to get to the second book. Maybe next week!

Learning to read can be fun for kids and adults alike, especially if you start early with the basics. If you want to have some alphabet fun with your kids at home, try these other ABC-related titles:

Eric Carle’s ABC
by Eric Carle


Creature ABC
by Andrew Zuckerman


Dr. Seuss’s ABC
by Dr. Seuss


Bruno Munari’s ABC
by Bruno Munari


ABC’s
by Charley Harper

Storytime is held every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.

Art Group – Wednesday, November 2

This past Wednesday, we might have done our best craft yet for Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group. Armed with liquid watercolors, brushes, eye droppers, and spray bottles, we transformed plain white leaves (made of diffusion paper, the same material used to make coffee filters) into wonderful Autumn decorations. The process was incredibly simple:

But the results were nothing less than beautiful:


We used pre-cut diffusion paper leaves, but you can do the same project at home by cutting coffee filters into the shapes of your choice. You will need to help really young children with applying the watercolors, but kids even as young as three can handle the eye droppers and spray bottles with relative ease.

Have the filters cut and the kids ready but, alas, no watercolors? No problem! Food coloring makes an easy substitute – just be watchful for staining.

For the finished results, you can use construction paper or recycled brown paper bags to display the artwork. Solo leaves can be made into garlands, wreaths, bookmarks… almost anything!


This craft was so easy and so much fun. We can’t wait to do it again!

Toddlers, Twos and Threes Art Group meets every Wednesday at 10 am and is open to all members and visitors (with paid admission to PTLL’s playspace). The group is run by Megan Spak and Elisabeth Moyer.

Storytime Picks from Monday, October 31

Happy belated Halloween, everyone! We celebrated by practicing our ghostly howls, decorating some personal pocket pumpkins, and reading two spoooktacular books:

Five Little Pumpkins (board book)
Pictures by Dan Yaccarino

Boo to You!
by Lois Ehlert

We want to hear your Halloween stories! Did your kids go trick-or-treating? Do you have a special Halloween tradition? What costumes did your kids wear? Did you do anything special?

Storytime is held every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages